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76-year-old Ohio inmate dies from COVID-19 complications

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FCI Elkton
Posted at 11:07 AM, Apr 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-06 11:07:55-04

LISBON, Ohio — An inmate at the Elkton federal correctional facility in Lisbon, Ohio died from COVID-19 complications on Thursday, April 2, according to the U.S. Department of Justice Federal Bureau of Prisons.

On Thursday, March 26, inmate Frank McCoy, 76, reported to the Health Services Department where he was evaluated by institutional medical staff and then transported to a local hospital for further treatment and evaluation after he was unable to maintain oxygen saturation, federal officials said. McCoy tested positive for COVID-19 while at the local hospital, according to those officials.

Quickly after, McCoy’s condition declined and he was placed on a ventilator.

On Thursday, April 2, one week after he reported to the prison’s Health Services Department, McCoy was pronounced dead by the local hospital’s staff, the Bureau of Prisons said.

The Bureau said McCoy had long-term pre-existing medical conditions, which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said are risk factors for having more severe COVID-19 symptoms.

McCoy had been an inmate at Elkton since September of 2017. He was serving a 121-month sentence for possession of child pornography, the BOP said.

The BOP lists on its website that an employee of the institution in Lisbon has tested positive for COVID-19. It also lists seven positive COVID-19 cases in inmates at the institution.

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